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Next Generation Leader

4.07 of 5 stars 4.07  ·  rating details  ·  1,334 ratings  ·  97 reviews
A growing number of next generation Christians are eager to learn, grow, and lead in ministry or in the marketplace. Mentoring young leaders, as they face the unique issues of a changing world, has been pastor and Visioneering author Andy Stanley's passion for more than a decade. Here, he shares material from his leadership training sessions, developed to address essential ...more
Published October 19th 2011 by Multnomah Books (first published December 31st 2002)
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Mark Ward

Stanley offers a summary of his views on leadership at the end of the book:

•Play to your strengths. Delegate your weaknesses.
•Be courageous.
•Be clear in the face of uncertainty.
•Find a leadership coach.
•Maintain your character.

I listened to the book from Christian Audio (thanks to them for the review copy), so I'll just record most of the thoughts that struck me and interested me enough to pause and write them down. They'll track more or less with the outline above.

•Do what you're gifted to do a
Andy Stanley is at his best when he is helping leaders know how to lead. This is why Next Generation Leader has so much to offer. In this simple work, Stanley shares five important principles of leadership that he has gathered over his years of, well, leading.

The strength of the book comes in its simple, straight-forward, and encouraging counsel on how to lead. For example, Stanley reminds us that, as leaders, it is wise for us to spend our time doing what we are naturally shaped and gifted to
Nathan Schneider
I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast, simple read, but was full of wisdom for the next generation leader. Andy's emphasis on the five characteristics for leaders was easily translatable into all leadership situations.
David Eversole
This was a good, quick read. Nothing really earth-shattering here, but good reminders about basic leadership stuff. Just like a good preacher, he made his points fit into 5 'C' words - just have to be alliterative. Good stuff and worth the quick read. I appreciated that he said what was important and kept moving. He did not dwell on any of the topics for too long.
Rat Barrel
If you are a power wielder or into transactional or pseudo-transformation leadership, you will not like this book. This book is written with character and integrity in mind. There is much to Stanley's leadership style and ideas, and this book is well worth the price.

This isn't a bad book, it's just unnecessary. It doesn't offer anything new. If you've read a few books by the usual leadership suspects (Covey, Blanchard, Maxwell, et al.) then Next Generation Leader is merely another iteration of the same. Stanley's church is much different than the kind of church I prefer--and that's fine; I'm happy with variety in the Christian faith--and that background put me off at some points in the book. Some of Stanley's comments are fine for the business world but fee

Dewayne Griffin
This is a great book. I would recommend this book for anyone who desires to be a leader with purpose and character that focuses on making whatever responsibilities you have as a leader maximized by leaving a legacy.

Andy takes several of the leadership lessons you would read from the famous authors such as John Maxwell, Stephen Covey, Rick Warren, and the writers of the bible and delivers a book structured around what he calls the five most important traits for future leaders: competence, courage
Thomas Kinsfather
A powerfully written and enabling look at leadership. Stanley's writing is clear and practical. Next Generation Leader helped me become more intentional in my leadership.
Радостин Марчев
Имах намерение да дам на книгата 3 звезди. По-голямата част от нея е много практична, но материалът не се различава съществено от това, което би написал всеки успешен (да кажем) бизнес лидер. Последната част посветена на характера ме накара да си променя мнението, заради което получава една допълнителна звезда. Тук Анди Стенли се е справил добре и материалът определено заслужава внимание - не толкова понеже е с нещо революционен, а понеже е верен и важен за всеки християнски водач.
Като цяло кра
A good self help book. Very clear and lucid. Nothing out of the world or new. But reinforces some of things we know but we usually forget. Definitely worth a read.
Shawn Thornton
Best book on leadership I have ever read. Perfect for young pastors and ministry leaders. First book I recommend to others when they ask me about leadership in ministry.
Wherever there is great fear, there is great opportunity. Leaders see and seize opportunity. Courage is a catalyst for leadership. Leaders instill courage in the hearts of those who follow - this rarely happens through words alone - generally requires action. We are always one decision, one word, one reaction away from damaging what has taken years to develop. Our talent, our opportunities, and our passion for leadership are all given to us by God - remember our successes are the blessings of Go ...more
Mukesh Anand
Nov 09, 2012 Mukesh Anand added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All my official friends
Various good ideas the pages of this book holding..
Can a "servant leader" go success in business environment? we can deny principles of post heroic management traits and "level 5" leadership capabilities.. But to my honest opinion,"servant leaders will workout in business environment if they can really "influenze" and above all they should be really selfless.The leader who get to top in the career the one who is more competitive.They will develop ideas but it should not gratify and go to heads..
Narrator thoughts – I can’t say much either way. He had a good voice and it was easy to understand him, but it didn’t seem like he very passionate about this topic. Overall it was fairly good and he delivered the book well.

Book thoughts – I liked many of his thoughts on leadership. His thoughts on honing in on your strengths and making sure you live out your priorities were encouraging. Today it’s so easy to get sidetracked. So easy to crave power and fame and lose what is most valuable to you i
Dr. Trent
This review, by Dr. Nicholson, has been provided courtesy of Desert Bible Institute ( and christianaudio ( While christianaudio did provide a free review copy of this book, this is not a paid review or advertisement.

Based on the title, I though Andy Stanley’s book, Next Generation Leader, was going to be focused on young leaders and the challenges that they will face in the future of ministry. I was considering the book for one of you core au
Darian G.
If you are someone who knows that you need to improve your leadership skills but are not the type of person who enjoys reading leadership books, “Next Generation Leader” is for you. It is concise, to the point and extremely practical. I read “Next Generation Leader” when the original was published a number of years ago, and it was extremely helpful to my ministry. After reading this updated version, I can say it is even better today. This book is better than anything I have read by leadership gu ...more
Courage, Clarity, Competence, Coachability and Character. These are all well-known principles and are yet things we all have difficulty with despite our level of leadership
I appreciated this book. It was short enough to not be cumbersome or wordy and still gave time to share a couple of stories within the various chapters. I think Andy is a great communicator and it comes through in his writing and makes this an enjoyable read.

Now, if you are a leader and have devoted any time to reading from
Peter Mead
Five essentials for those who will shape the future. This is an earlier Stanley book that is worth a read as he addresses important issues with his effective communication and personal stories. If you enjoy Andy's preaching, as I do, then you will also enjoy his writing (which is certainly not always the case!) This is a good and easy read that makes some key points for younger and emerging leaders.
JJ Vancil
Next Generation Leader, by Andy Stanley, is about the core fundamentals of what it means to be a leader. In many ways, it is as if this book is Stanley’s final words on leadership. He is writing this in hopes of raising up the next generation of leaders who will be ready to take over the helm, and do it effectively. He outlines five basic fundamentals of leadership: Competence, Courage, Clarity, Coaching and Character. Without each of these in place, the next generation leader will ‘expend an in ...more
David S. Maurer
This was a very good book for anyone who is in a leadership position or wants to get into a leadership position. It is very straightforward with some thought provoking and very practical information and advice for the reader
I've read this quick book several times and usually find with each new reading that it convicts me in some new way.

On my list of all-time great truths is Stanley's encouragement: "Only do what only you can do."

When Stanley described his distaste for party planning, I knew exactly how he felt. I too have struggled with this very issue. If I hate a task, I tend to think everyone else hates doing it as well. So I continue to do it, not wanting to burden someone else. It always shocks me to discov
As far as leadership books go, I'd say this was a pretty good one. Most leadership books seem to highlight integrity as the only quality that good leaders need. Andy Stanley agrees that integrity is important, but he highlights a few other characteristics of leaders, particularly the ones that seem counter-intuitive to how people normally function. Leaders face increasing amounts of uncertainty in the decisions they make, and that is good. A good leader will provide clear instructions about wher ...more
Ryan Reeves
This book is short but good. I didn't find Andy's insights to be the most profound; in fact, most of his points can be found in other books. Yet Stanley has a way with words, and he is crystal clear. More importantly, unlike so many Christian leadership books, Andy does not reduce his leadership insights to "what has worked for my church". His concepts are universally applicable and concrete. He doesn't simply say "Build a Team" and then drone on about his team or his leadership.

All in all, a g
Andy Stanley is the man. That's what I learned from this book.

The guy knows more about leadership than anyone I'm aware of.

Just got done listening to his leadership podcast too.

Check it out here:

And try to ignore the fact that the last three numbers in that link are 666. Andy is not the Anti-christ. There. I said it.

Anyway, I feel like if I can master the idea of doing less to accomplish more my life and ministry will take a quantum leap forward.

Soak up a
Unlike another book that I read by a mega-church pastor and for which I provided a review, Andy Stanley is not someone who disparages small churches or the pastors who lead them. This book has wisdom that transcends the size of your church, philosophies of ministry, worship styles, etc. There is something in it for everyone. Whether the reader comes from a very liberal or a very conservative background or somewhere in between, there is invaluable advice contained therein. I would recommend this ...more
Caro Aguilar
How to use your talents and leadership in a very effective way? Read this book. So awesome!
Excellent book with practical applications as well as insights into the importance of character.
Listened to this book and felt distracted at moments. Good quality and would recommend
Megan Franks
Jul 27, 2009 Megan Franks rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ministers
This book is primarily geared to those who work in ministry. At first it reads like a business management book, but shortly Stanley dives into scripture, applying wisdom taken from the formation of the early church. While there are probably no new ideas in this book and plenty of good old fashioned "common sense," it still reminds leaders that they can't be all things to all people and to focus on the areas in which God has gifted them, allowing others to use their gifts to fill in the gaps. I w ...more
Bianca De mesa
A must have for everyone ♡
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“Don’t strive to be a well-rounded leader. Instead, discover your zone and stay there. Then delegate everything else.

Admitting a weakness is a sign of strength. Acknowledging weakness doesn’t make a leader less effective.

Everybody in your organization benefits when you delegate responsibilities that fall outside your core competency. Thoughtful delegation will allow someone else in your organization to shine. Your weakness is someone’s opportunity.

Leadership is not always about getting things done “right.” Leadership is about getting things done through other people.

The people who follow us are exactly where we have led them. If there is no one to whom we can delegate, it is our own fault.

As a leader, gifted by God to do a few things well, it is not right for you to attempt to do everything. Upgrade your performance by playing to your strengths and delegating your weaknesses.

There are many things I can do, but I have to narrow it down to the one thing I must do. The secret of concentration is elimination.

Devoting a little of yourself to everything means committing a great deal of yourself to nothing.

My competence in these areas defines my success as a pastor.

A sixty-hour workweek will not compensate for a poorly delivered sermon. People don’t show up on Sunday morning because I am a good pastor (leader, shepherd, counselor).

In my world, it is my communication skills that make the difference. So that is where I focus my time.

To develop a competent team, help the leaders in your organization discover their leadership competencies and delegate accordingly.

Once you step outside your zone, don’t attempt to lead. Follow.

The less you do, the more you will accomplish.

Only those leaders who act boldly in times of crisis and change are willingly followed.

Accepting the status quo is the equivalent of accepting a death sentence. Where there’s no progress, there’s no growth. If there’s no growth, there’s no life. Environments void of change are eventually void of life. So leaders find themselves in the precarious and often career-jeopardizing position of being the one to draw attention to the need for change. Consequently, courage is a nonnegotiable quality for the next generation leader.

The leader is the one who has the courage to act on what he sees.

A leader is someone who has the courage to say publicly what everybody else is whispering privately. It is not his insight that sets the leader apart from the crowd. It is his courage to act on what he sees, to speak up when everyone else is silent. Next generation leaders are those who would rather challenge what needs to change and pay the price than remain silent and die on the inside.

The first person to step out in a new direction is viewed as the leader. And being the first to step out requires courage. In this way, courage establishes leadership.

Leadership requires the courage to walk in the dark. The darkness is the uncertainty that always accompanies change. The mystery of whether or not a new enterprise will pan out. The reservation everyone initially feels when a new idea is introduced. The risk of being wrong.

Many who lack the courage to forge ahead alone yearn for someone to take the first step, to go first, to show the way. It could be argued that the dark provides the optimal context for leadership. After all, if the pathway to the future were well lit, it would be crowded.

Fear has kept many would-be leaders on the sidelines, while good opportunities paraded by. They didn’t lack insight. They lacked courage.

Leaders are not always the first to see the need for change, but they are the first to act.

Leadership is about moving boldly into the future in spite of uncertainty and risk.

You can’t lead without taking risk. You won’t take risk without courage. Courage is essential to leadership.”
“The primary reason we do too much is that we have never taken the time to discover that portion of what we do that makes the biggest difference.” 5 likes
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